Four students from the Wu Dang Kungfu Academy at 518 Boston Post Road won in an international competition held in late May. The 2015 New Jersey International Wushu – Kungfu Tournament was held in Moorestown, New Jersey. There are over 45 countries and 2000 competitors in this grand event.
Students competed for Long Fist hand form, Shaolin hand form, Sword, Broadsword, Staff and many other traditional weapons. Each student took part in multiple competitions. Kevin Yang won 1st Prize on the Three Section Staff and Second Prize on the Shaolin Fist. Kevin Cheng won 2nd Prize on double Whips and 3rd Prize on Tongbi Quan and Victoria and William Ng won 4th and 5th prizes respectively.
Those students have practiced Kungfu for variety of years, ranging from one year to 10 years, according to Master Guo Cunjie (known as Master Jack), coach and owner of Wu Dang Kungfu Academy. Some students at the academy are competition team members while the rest are taking recreational lessons once or twice per week. “Their hard works have won them fruitful rewards in the tournament,” Master Guo Cunjie says. In total over the six years that the event has been held, the school has won 25 first place gold medals, 11 second place silver medals, and 9 bronze medals. The school also won the group championship for the 6th time in a row. Kevin Cheng, Mina Hughes and Kevin Yang have won two or three gold medals in different divisions. Orange residents, brothers Harry and Lucas Chua also participated the competition and both went home with medals.
“Kungfu has become one of the most popular martial arts in the world. It is not only just a way to build up a strong body, but also an effective approach leading to the inner peace of human soul,” says Master Guo Cunjie. “It’s my mission, also my passion to promote the Kungfu practice in the community.” He began his training at the age of eight and went on to study and compete at the highest levels in China. He now brings his world class skills and deep passion for Chinese Martial Arts, specifically Shaolin,Wu Dang and contemporary Wushu, to the U.S. where he hopes to impart the valuable life skills and virtues the Kungfu is known for.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent